Petrobras Argentina (PZE) & Its Competitors Critical Comparison

Petrobras Argentina (NYSE: PZE) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Petrobras Argentina to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina’s competitors have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.6% of Petrobras Argentina shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.5% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petrobras Argentina -6.44% -13.68% -5.63%
Petrobras Argentina Competitors -7.88% 1.77% 0.73%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Petrobras Argentina and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petrobras Argentina Competitors 219 674 790 30 2.37

As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 23.74%. Given Petrobras Argentina’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Petrobras Argentina has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Petrobras Argentina $1.97 billion -$1.00 million -257.00
Petrobras Argentina Competitors $78.29 billion $113.43 million -210.60

Petrobras Argentina’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Petrobras Argentina. Petrobras Argentina is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Petrobras Argentina competitors beat Petrobras Argentina on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

Petrobras Argentina Company Profile

Petrobras Argentina SA, formerly Petrobras Energia SA, is an Argentina-based company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining sector. The Company’s activities are structured in four business segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, including the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and maintenance of oil and gas reserves; Refining and Distribution, processing and marketing of petroleum products; Petrochemicals, comprising the production of styrene, polystyrene, bi-oriented polystyrene (BOPS) and synthetic rubber; as well as Gas and Energy, providing gas distribution, as well as fossil fuel and hydroelectric power energy generation. Its petroleum products include lubricants, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and asphalts, among others. The Company has operations established in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, among others. The Company is owned by Petrobras Participaciones SL. It operates throught Albares Renovables Argentina SA.

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